The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Yakubu Dogara, in a statement issued by Turaki Hassan, his Special Adviser on Media and Public Affairs, felicitated with Nigerians – especially Christians – on the occasion of this year’s Christmas and prayed that God’s peace be multiplied upon the nation. He said Nigerians have every reason to thank God for witnessing yet another Christmas, despite all the challenges facing us as a nation.
“Christmas is a period for us to individually and collectively reflect on who and what made Christmas necessary, and on our values, virtues and ideals of unity, peace, Godliness and tolerance which Christ advocated and exemplified during his earthly ministry.”
“I call on Christian faithfuls to embrace the reason for Christmas and imbibe these virtues and ideals, and to key into the current administration’s change agenda for the peace, unity and development.”
“In spite of the challenges we are faced with, I urge all Nigerians to have abiding faith in the fact that by working together, we will surmount these challenges and forge ahead as a nation.”
“On our part, the House of Representatives is determined now, more than ever, to enact people-oriented legislation that will help guarantee the much needed and desired change in all facets of our national life.”
“I enjoin Nigerians to continue to pray, support and cooperate with the present government to deliver on its mandate so that our country will once again occupy its place of pride in the comity of nations.”
The Speaker also urged Nigerians to use the occasion of Christmas to be their brothers’ keepers by reaching out to displaced people in various camps across the country.
While assuring that the Federal Government is doing all within its powers to expeditiously resettle displaced persons in the country, he emphasized the readiness of the National Assembly, and the House of Representatives in particular, to partner with any organisation, group or person to build and rehabilitate areas devastated by the activities of Boko Haram insurgents, especially in the North East.
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